Christ Is Our Peace

Ephesians 2:13-16–In Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

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Christ Jesus is our peace–In Christ (in the Spirit) we have peace with one another.  It is when one or the other is in the flesh that there is strife and conflict.  “We are to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).  “We do this in lowliness and meekness with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).  In love for the person, we put up with and tolerate that which bothers us.  Peace is a bond that binds and holds us together.

Christ Jesus broke down the wall–This is speaking of the wall that separated the Jews from the Gentiles. It was a wall of partition that stood between the Jews and the Gentiles.  This wall was the law of commandments contained in ordinances.  Jesus put an end to this wall, this enmity through His death.  He thereby crated one body so making peace.  “He is the head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).  From time to time there are walls built up between Christians and between a Christian and an unbeliever.  We must try to restore and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Where the non-Christian in concerned we must try to restore and maintain our relationship with them.